Rye Wyne Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Rye Wyne AleRye Wyne Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the few small grains still grown in Southwestern Minnesota, malted rye is the base for this one-of-a-kind ale brewed and aged in tiny Lucan, Minnesota.Following a long, slow fermentation, the beer is stored away in used rye whiskey barrels brought North from our friends at Templeton, located in the equally tiny town of Templeton, Iowa.

Added by jera1350 on 04-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 227
Photo of daledeee
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer expert at John's Grocery said this was the best beer he had in the store. How could I refuse? Besides that Templeton Rye barrells... This is a 2011 version and I am pretty sure this is the first release of this beer.

Pours a dark brown with hints of light going through this. I figured a high ABV and aged beer would need some head coaxing. WRONG. Great creamy head and lace.

Nose is alchohol, vanilla, bourbon.

Taste: Vanilla, lots of vanilla, bourbon, boozy, caramel, hops. The hops have been blended into the total mix. This is less hoppy than I thought. This is a barleywine to end all barleywines. I am agreeing with the Beer Guy.

Mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. Once again, near perfection.

Overall, this blows away all strong barleywines, rye beers I have had. Truly exceptional beer. As the years go by, I give less 5 ratings for taste. This one deserves it.

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Photo of MrPlayboy
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought a vintage 2011 bottle to a family Christmas party to share. It was a huge hit. We were smoking cigars and had just split a bottle of Bolt Cutter so my palate wasn't in perfect shape but I will do my best to review it here.

A. Beautiful dark amber with a slightly red and rosy hue. Forms a small but substantial head.

S. Gives a strong aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and a slight hint of rye.

T. Sweet, boozy, and flavorful. Not harsh or overwhelming but packs a lot of caramel and bourbon flavors with a nice vanilla finish. A very refined flavor, possibly from the year of age on it.

M. Smooth. Not syrupy or thick at all but coats the palate. Slightly carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: An awesome beer. I will be seeking this out again but my local store is now sold out.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- brown to slightly amber with off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

S- spicy rye with whiskey in the front. Some slight oak and vanilla.
T- rye spice with whiskey and vanilla next. Caramel and toffee too. Lots going on here but it goes very well together.

M- creamy, mouth filling body. Very nice.

O- very good beer. I don't really what to compare it to, but I hope I can get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of TorreyK
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've only had a couple Brau Brothers beers & they were excellent.
This is one of my favorite styles, Barley wine. To store in Rye Whiskey barrels is adding to the beauty of this beer. It's sweet with caramel & vanilla plus a little Oak & very slight spiciness. As with most barreled beer a slight sourness at the end. Very smooth & well blended.

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Photo of kjyost
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Gorgeous notes on the nose of the and caramel. Body is a beautiful pairing of rye and sweetness with a hint of smoke that is reminiscent of a leathery goodness. A little not and burning in the back of the throat. Otherwise a gorgeous beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 2011.

Dark leather brown. Partly cloudy. Pinkie finger of dense, tight-bubbled, light beige head. Nice lacing up the glass. Woody, with aromas of toffee, bread pudding, oak, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows.

Toasted malts and vinous, woody flavors up front. Gets oaky real quick, with notes of charred wood, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows. Sweet toffee, caramel, and fruits settle in. Warming whiskey and rummy fruit notes into the finish. Some tannic, woody bitterness. Lingering marshmallow and oak. Full-bodied, with a creamy, smooth feel. Very nice!

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Photo of TwinButte
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured from a big wine bottle into a snifter. Very little head but I coaxed this baby out slowly so I didn't expect much. Dark brown color.

The smell is pretty amazing! I get whisky, barley, and perhaps a touch of the sweet rye. The boozy burn is the first taste I get but it doesn't leave much on the back end as far as booze goes. Its pretty slippery in the mouth and goes down really easy. Sweeter than the handful of barley wines I have had but I think that is the intention.

Very nicely done. This is the first big bottle beer I have had from Brau and I hope we will be able to get more from them in the future. I love the fact that source local malt and barrels for this one. It truly shows their dedication to the local economy.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish amber with a hint of ruby red. Moderate bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big scent of the whiskey barrel with a good amount of vanilla and oak. Rye spices and bready malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Pretty noticeable hints of moderately tart cherries and some banana. Hints of dark grapes and orange. Also a little orange and slight hint of hops.

Taste: A pretty complex and good taste. Big taste of the whiskey barrel up front along with vanilla and oak chips. Big taste of the rye spices throughout. Bready caramel malts with some toffee. Some moderately tart cherries give a taste somewhat like a sour ale. Complex hints of fruits with some hints of banana, dark grapes, fig, and orange. Light presence of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, slick, and slightly tart. The 11% is actually hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really good barrel aged ale. Big whiskey taste with a good complex mix of rye spice and fruits.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First release of this beer was just a short time ago. Seems everyone's brewing a big beer and sticking it in a barrel, but I'm excited about this one. Enjoyed 11 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brownish amber, clear, with about 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and fantastic lacing.

Smells nice and rye-spicy, with a bit of hotness in the nose. But more than anything it's warm and smooth, with that full nose that only barrel-aged beers have.

Has some whiskey burn, but oh so smooth. Grainy spice comes through well here, too. Seems like it could mellow out a little bit with time, as it's a little rough, but it's already pretty well-integrated now. Has the warmth and jump of a good barrel-aged beer.

Mouthfeel is solid. Very heavy and thick, but with decent carbonation.

This is a really nice beer, and I'll be picking up some more bottles for sure. Just a really tasty example of somewhere between a rye beer and a barleywine.

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lives white head leaving a collar. Some alcohol legs. Decent head retention, minimal lacing.

Nice and sweet, slight spicy rye aroma.

Tasty and mouth watering sweetness/spice. Omnom. Notice the whiskey impression at the tail end of each sip. Not overpowering heat, wonderful.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

Hate to say it because I love Boulevard but I think this is better. Wow, unexpected new favorite in the Rye Beer style. Will be seeking out more. Thanks for the share egrace84!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a red hue. A small creamy off-white head that sticks around with a complete coat of lacing down the glass.

Lots of caramel aroma up front. A few hops and a slightly spicy rye whisky character. Also brown sugar a bit as it warms.

Tastes like a big barleywine up front. Lots of caramel toffee balanced out well by a bit of oak and some earthy bitterness. Just as the brown sugar/toffee mixture starts to get sweet, out comes the whisky. Not overpowering as all, but just enough to tilt the beer to a great balance. As it warms, a bit more of the rye spiciness comes out along with some raisin and fig.

Medium bodied with an excellent creamy texture. Carbonation on the low side of medium.

Admittedly BA barleywines are probably my favorite style, but this one stands above most. Very complex and I love beers like this that change as they warm up, but are always delicious. The rye adds a good subtle component without overpowering the beer. Will definitely be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottle brought back by my sister from Minnesota. Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a dark, hazy mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass. A thin, dark khaki head dissipates quickly to patches and light lacing. Nice aroma of rye whiskey, caramel malt, brown sugar. Flavor is rich, brown sugary caramel malt, rye whiskey, vanilla, dark dried fruit, mostly plums and raisins, finishing with oak, malt and spicy whiskey. Delicious. Medium bodied with light creaminess, light carbonation. I was saving this for a "special occasion", but that section is getting too big and to crowded, so why not tonight? This is so tasty, I kept thinking I should have saved it, but not disappointed that it is open now. A strong, intense ale, but the malt body is more than up to the task of supporting the rye whiskey flavors. Reminiscent of an English barleywine for the malt and fruit, but unique in the great rye profile. Excellent. I'll never see this again, but I'll remember it for a long time. What a great sister.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Brau Bros so I was really excited to see this in the shelf.

A: Pours a murky red tinted molases like color with large amounts of head that falls slowly into a nice layer atop the beer. Lets nice sheets of lacing on the glass. Huge bubbles left in the bottle.

S: INTERSTING - Very sweet to the nose with rye and a bit a of a boozy smell.

T: Hard to put into words... truely unique in its taste. You get some of the carmelly sweetness upfront with the rye accompanying it. Middle is the barrel aged boozy taste and finishes with a nice boozy bite.

M: Very smooth beer but is definately on the boozy side with a big bite at the end and a bite of the burn you get when taking a shot. Definately a sipper.

O: A must try, truely unique and like nothing else I have ever had. I will have to get a couple bottles of this one while I can. If you see it, get it, well worth the experience.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am SO glad I got a bottle of this from a buddy who is from the area. I have been saving this for a few months and think Memorial Day is as good a reason as any to open it.

The smell is wonderful. Tons of whiskey, malt, vanilla, and oak. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated, which I could use less of. However, that is ok because the taste is as good as the smell. The whiskey is down-played in comparison to the smell, but it's definitely a main component of the profile.

Let this one warm. I started drinking it right out of the fridge. After about 20 minutes, the characteristics of this brew are really coming out. I get a lot more whiskey and wood flavors with warmth. The malt sweetness really is a great balance to the harsh booziness (which I am quite partial to).

Overall, this is an awesome beer. Much better than Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye.

I need to shout out Apostlebrewing for sending me a bottle of this!

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Photo of TVolt1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good dark brown with a slight redness to it. Good lacing and small amount of very white head that looks nice next to the cherry-brown colored beer.

S: Has a bready, malty smell to it along with a toffee smell also.

T: Has a very smooth taste with a rye tasting malt to it and a strong alcohol after-taste. For it being 11%, it is not overpowering with the whiskey taste.

M: Good medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: OVerall, this is a good beer. I'd have another but would be drunk! :)

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a good temperature with a fine, thick, foamy, cream-colored head that slowly settled and lots of glass coating lace. Color is a dark, clear brown amber. Aroma is very mild, hop, whiskey, malt. Flavor's like nose, sweet and carbonic tang up front with bitter right behind along with the rye whiskey flavors, malt. Body is great, ditto carbonation. Finish is very long, like flavor, and boozy.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brownish black bodied beer with just a little bit of white head.

Smell: Nice big malty beer with big barrel notes. Bourbon, oak, coconut, and of course spicy rye.

Taste: This beer tastes great! The bourbon barrel is the star of the show with this beer. Its sweet bourbon and earth oak are prominent with just enough rye to balance the beer to keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, and coconut round things out to finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer drinks really smooth, silky, and creamy with practically no harshness from the alcohol, just a nice warming sensation.

Overall: Brau bros really make a fantastic beer here! I would definately say it better than boulevard Rye on Rye and its in the same class as BA Hi Fi Rye! Wow, this one was a real surprise.

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Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with a two finger beige head with good retention and sheets of lacing. The aroma is sweet and has rye, whiskey, caramel, toffee, and oak.

The taste has rye, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, spice and especially whiskey. This beer has a lot of alcohol heat, but it has a delicious flavor to it. If laid down for one year or more, the heat should subside, and this should become smooth and easy to drink. There is a nice pleasant sweetness, balanced by the natural sourness of the rye.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry, and the aftertaste is whiskey. The whiskey overpowers the taste of the rye. I think in time, the other bottle I have will become smoother, and easier to drink. I may decide to pick up another bottle, to see how this ages in one year, versus a longer period of time. Well made.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've tried one of these each year and they were always too hot/young. Finally, after four years, it's ready - drinking quite well. Unfortunately, this is my last one. Nice, softened rye spiciness, pleasant medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this one... what a marvelous idea for a brew. Poured from a 750ml to brandy snifter:

Pours a murky oak/ruby with a loose, large-gauge cap of off white, fading out to a thick ring. Perfect lacing. Big bathtub like bubbles are left in the emptied half of the bottle.

The nose is complex - tons of rye, as one might expect, boozy goodness, charred wood, very earthy. Bits of caramel or toffee underneath.

Tastes like no other beer that I can think of. Big smooth whiskey/caramel sweetness up front, then come the waves of rye and toasted bread, then some barrel and booze, and finally a deliciously tart afterburn. Incredible.

The feel is slick and velvety. The burn of the booze is very modest but, with that said, I'd venture to guess that this is in the 11-13% range.

Overall, this is fantastic. Extremely unique, approachable and delicious all at the same time.

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Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waxed 750ml bottle vintage 2011. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears mahogany in color with ruby clarity and a firm khaki head.

The smell is vinous with caramel malt and oaky notes blending to vanilla sweetness. The taste has toasty almost bready rye upfront than whiskey oak and orange almost herbal character across the back that feels mildly medicinal. Plenty of smooth vanilla in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall im really happy with how this has turned out. Im curious what it was like fresh because now with a few years of age on it, its pretty wonderful.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bronzed garnet color. Smaller sized, smooth, thinish, dark ecru head. Decent retention for the style/ABV with a very faint ring of lace.

S - Lots of barrel aroma. Spiced rye, slight oakiness, and plenty of vainilla and touches of coconut. Some bananas foster type of aroma. Some fruity sweetness and spicy malt.

T - Barrel flavors are also very strong. Mixed sweetness, alcohol heat, and spiced malt flavors. More of that sweet, alcoholic bananas foster flavor which is nicely complimented by the prominent vainilla and coconut flavors from the barrel. Definitely still has an alcohol presence mid-sip to the finish. Some raisin flavor. Rye balances out the sweetness a bit mid-sip to the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation for style/ABV although it is fairly low and thin. Slick feel.

D - Definitely a sipper. At this point I'd treat it like a whiskey as it is dominated by the barrel aging and it drinks a lot like one without the heat. I really enjoyed the flavor profile though and it had me wanting to drink more.

Notes: At this point the flavors from the barrel are very strong. I enjoyed it very much but would like to see what it's like with a bit more age for the flavors to mellow. Nice mix of sweet and spice from the rye. I and the others who had it seemed to enjoy it, albeit thought it could use some time to mellow. Definitely worth it if you like Templeton/barrel aging.

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Photo of Ri0
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into a chalice. bottled in 2011.

A - Deep dark brown with a 1 finger khaki head. Thin ring with some splotches of lacing.

S - Whoa, sweet vanilla whiskey! There must be a ton of sweet malt in this beer. Brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Not picking up much rye or barrel.

T - Big, sweet notes of whiskey, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Only faint hints of rye and almost no barrel presence. Finish is very sweet with no alcohol. This reminds me of an aged Backwoods bastard.

M - Thick, full body with good carbonation for a 2 year old BA beer. It is rather rich and smooth.

O - Great job by this brewery to create a unique style that not many others dabble in, rye. It is big, bold, and bodacious. Maybe a bit too much to take on alone.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in spring 2012. Pours fairly clear red copper amber color with a nice 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toast, molasses, bourbon, oak, and rye spiciness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of the barrel/malt character. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, coconut, oak, vanilla, bourbon, earth, floral, and rye spiciness. Slight bitterness with a lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, coconut, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors; with a great balance of malt/barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged rye barleywine! Huge balance and complexity of flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddy deep amber, brown. Took a vigorous pour to create a finger or two of head. Leaves a lot of streaky lacing and a things layer of foam behind.

S - Big aroma of spicy rye whiskey. Vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, coconut, cherries, orange zest and port.

T - Vanilla and spicy rye mixed with oak and whiskey. Tobacco, cherries, butterscotch, caramel, dark fruits, coconut and raisin.

M - Medium body and slightly slick with lower carbonation. Touch of alcohol but smooth for 11%.

D - The barrel aroma/flavor is strong but it is still complex. Very tasty. I need to grab another one of these.

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